• Legislative Action Day 2018

    June 14, 2018

    The California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) annually attends a Legislative Action Day where member agencies and service providers hear about pending changes at the capitol and meet with legislators and their staff to discuss pending bills.  

    This year’s event took place on Tuesday, April 3 with five members of the California JPIA staff in attendance: 

    • Norm Lefmann, Assistant Executive Officer
    • Jeff Rush, Workers’ Compensation Program Manager
    • Carl Sandstrom, Business Projects Manager
    • Maria Galvan, Risk Manager
    • Abraham Han, Administrative Analyst 

    Authority attendees addressed five key bills during their meetings with legislators and staff. For details on each of these bills, see the Legislative Advocacy article in the Authority’s May newsletter.

  • Revised Drug-Free Workplace Policy Available to Members

    June 14, 2018

    The Authority has recently updated its “Drug-Free Workplace” policy template to assist members with maintaining a workplace that is free of drugs and alcohol, and to discourage drug and alcohol abuse by employees. This policy governs not only the abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs, but also the use and abuse of legal drugs in the workplace. The template also includes references and appendices that help to provide context and a foundation for the policy. 

    The “Drug-Free Workplace” policy template is available in the Authority’s Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org. For questions regarding this resource, please contact your assigned regional risk manager.

  • Mandated Reporter Policy Templates Added to Online Library

    June 5, 2018

    The Authority has recently created two new policy templates to assist members with the development of a policy for mandated reporter requirements. One template is specific to mandated reporter requirements as they pertain to children, and the other pertains to the elderly and dependent adults. The templates identify employees who are required to report child, elder, or dependent adult abuse under the law; set forth the timeline and procedures for making reports; and establish additional obligations of the agency and its employees and volunteers. 

    The mandated reporter policy templates are available in the “Policy Templates” section of the Resources and Documents library on the Authority’s website. For questions on these resources, members can contact their assigned regional risk manager.

  • Registration Open for the 2018 Risk Management Educational Forum

    May 29, 2018

    Registration is open for the Authority’s 23rd Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, entitled The Amazing Race to Risk Management Success. The Forum will be held at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad on September 19 – 21, 2018 and will feature keynote speaker Phil Hansen, whose artistic journey has become a source of inspiration for the tens of millions who have seen his art on television and online. Hansen’s personal story of transformation provides a powerful message of embracing change and overcoming obstacles. Session topics at this year’s Forum include the homeless dilemma, employment litigation and the #MeToo impact, retaining and motivating employees, and juror perceptions and biases. 

    While there is no cost to California JPIA members for Forum registration, it does not include hotel accommodations. Registration is also limited to public agency officials and employees, and the Authority’s business partners. Please visit the Forum website to register and for more information. For Forum-related questions, please click here to send an email.

  • Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

    May 24, 2018

    The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. For urgent matters, please call the Authority’s main number, (562) 467-8700, and you will be directed to the staff member on call. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 29.

  • Capstone Award Nominations Being Accepted Through End of May

    May 22, 2018

    Nominations for the Capstone Award are being accepted through Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The Capstone Award is presented annually to someone at an Authority member agency who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector by implementing loss prevention programs, working to support risk management efforts at their agency, and influencing others in developing risk management programs. The Capstone Award ceremony, which recognizes the finalists and the winner, will take place on September 20, 2018 during the Risk Management Educational Forum at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad. Members are encouraged to nominate someone (or themselves) by completing a brief nomination form. For more information, visit the California JPIA Capstone Award page on cjpia.org. For questions, contact Abraham Han, Administrative Analyst, by email or at 562-467-8778.

  • Foreign Travel Program Available to Authority Members

    May 17, 2018

    Members who travel outside the United States create exposures that are not covered in the Memoranda of Coverage for the liability programs. Because of this, the Authority has developed a new program to provide coverage for members engaged in foreign travel. There are five categories of coverage provided by this program:

    • Foreign Commercial General Liability
    • Foreign Business Automobile Liability
    • Foreign Voluntary Compensation and Employers Liability
    • Travel Accident and Sickness
    • Corporate Kidnap and Ransom/Extortion

    Each category of coverage has several aspects to it with different coverage limits and deductibles. Members planning on traveling outside the U.S. who would like to use this coverage must report the trip by completing the Authority’s Foreign Travel Log, which is available on the Foreign Travel Program page, prior to leaving the U.S.

    For more information, refer to the program page on cjpia.org. For questions on this program, contact Jim Thyden, Insurance Programs Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8784.

  • Authority Live! April Webcast Available Online

    May 10, 2018

    California JPIA members can now view April’s Authority Live! webcast, “Active Shooter in the Workplace,” online. Dr. Steve Albrecht, who is internationally known for his consulting and training work in workplace violence prevention training programs, discusses tactics such as “Run, Hide and Fight,” which have been proven to be the best chance for survival during an active shooter incident. Other topics covered include identifying workplace warning and violence indicators, and preparing your organization for an active shooter. 

    To view the webcast, members can contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775, to request a link to the webcast.

  • April Human Resources Academy Called “Inspiring”

    May 7, 2018

    April’s Human Resources Academy wrapped up with members commenting on the “inspiring” and “thought-provoking” content presented during the academy. Instructors included Monica Sanchez and Katy Suttorp from Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP; Jeff Bills from Confidence Consulting; Jeff Rush, the Authority’s Workers’ Compensation Program Manager; and Paul Zeglovitch, the Liability Program Manager for the Authority. Bills presented for the entire first day, and his sessions, The Role and Future of HR and Creating a Culture of Mentoring, were particularly popular with academy attendees. With sessions on case law updates, performance evaluations, and disability management, attendees were able to take away practical information that could be incorporated into their work. 

    The Human Resources Academy is an annual, three-day academy geared towards human resources management and support staff. For more information on this academy, members can contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or phone at (562) 467-8777.

  • 2018 Board of Directors Certification Due in June

    May 7, 2018

    On an annual basis, the California JPIA asks members to certify a designated California JPIA Director and an Alternate(s) prior to the Annual Board of Directors meeting.  The Authority has an automated certification process, and an email containing certification directions, as well as login credentials, was sent in April to city clerks at the Authority’s member agencies. Note that all updates must be completed no later than Thursday, June 28, 2018. The Annual Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Authority's campus in La Palma. 

    For questions or more information on the certification process, contact Denise Covell, Administrative Assistant, by email or at (562) 467-8771.

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